I've been reading and writing for a long time. Last year, I was introduced to Haruki Murakami.
I don't know if it's case for every writer trying to figure out their voice, but for me, once I read his novels, I clearly and determinately said, "These are exactly the kind of stories I want to tell. And these are the feelings I want to convey."
I increased my writing output, being inspired by Murakami's writings, but what I noticed, upon reading a short story I finished, is that I unconsciously copy elements of his style. Sure, it's my story, but his writings have been so influential and inspiring that I find myself constructing sentences and setting scenes in the same way he constructs his.
How to balance my goal of putting readers into the same emotional state I had experienced with Murakami without copying his style?
Do I keep writing without questioning this similarity, or try to suppress it?
Please feel free to answer either of the questions.